(Proverbs 13:23 KJV) Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
There are two words here which grab our attention because we hear them used so much today. We have the “poor” (7326) and we have “want of judgment” (injustice NASB) (3808/4941). It is good to be reminded of the big picture here. Put away any hidden meanings. Don’t look for some of the deeper applications. Sometimes the basic, bold, simple statement needs to jump out and bite us.
The poor of the world have a hard time getting a fair shake. I personally think it is less of a problem in America but it is still a problem. Money talks. I was traveling with my son one time and we were going to the airport to catch our flight. By some mistake the shuttle could not make it so we ended up in a limousine. The driver was not happy, we thought it was kind of cool. As we pulled up to the airport we saw one of the Disneyland lines in front of the counter. As we regally stepped out of our carriage the red caps came rushing forward. I would have waved them away. I am a commoner at heart, but my son decided to play the role. He took out a $20 and held it in his hand asking if we needed to stand in line. It appears not. All of our luggage was loaded on a trolley, my guitar was labeled as golf clubs and we were done. It appears there are no lines for the rich. Money talks.
So? We can’t change life but we can do our best to treat people fairly. We can decide not to be impressed by money and status. We can refuse to be part of applied injustice in our actions today. Greet the custodian like an equal. That could cause a different kind of problem because he way think he is better they you.